I have felt like Sisiphys - the guy who had to keep pushing the stone on his back up the hill! After trying various DMARDs, I started on Azothiaprine as a last resort five weeks ago.
I'm still on prednisolone (which was put back up to 10mg when I came off hydrochloroquine - last one I tried)
But then just over two weeks ago had rip-roaring chest infection with rigors, and now have a wheezy chest and a flare-up of joint pain and swelling in the wrists and hands. And this infection screwed up the blood tests so I have been having them twice a week!!!
At last this week, although not back to my normal levels, no vampires for another week, put up the azothiaprine now, told not to alter the steroids and a review from the rheumy nurse not until three weeks time - they must be fed up with having to ring me back and go through all the complicated story again.
I suddenly noticed that my hand splints were in an awful state (hadn't used them for a bit), so I've an appointment with the occupational therapist coming as well to reassess me - she was lovely on the phone, too.
I just thought you guys would like to know that this down is now coming up and was just another of those dips on my life path, not a pit to crawl out of, however much it felt like that at the time.